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Oscar Homolka

1898 - 1978

Oscar Homolka learnt his trade at the academy of music and performing arts between 1915 and 1917. After that he made his debut at the Komödienhaus Vienna. In spite of a performance he did complete drunken in Munich in 1924 - he staggered more over the stage than the spotlights and the famous critic Ihering wrote about this: It was the most impertinent entrance I have ever seen" - he became an engagement in Berlin. 

Already one year later he acted in his first movies. As a result of his expressive face he was predestined  to play scoundrel, pimps and the like very effective and enriched movies like "Die Abenteuer eines Zehnmarkscheins/K.13513" (26) and "Dirnentragödie" (27). Other famous silent movies were "Schinderhannes" (28) and "Die Rothausgasse" (28).

Although he didn't possess a polished pronunciation he could assert himself in the sound film era and continue to haunt. 

In 1935 Homolka emigrated to England and wrote his first name with "c" from now on. He played in Hitchcocks "Sabotage" (35) and had with it a good visiting card for his departure to the USA in 1937.
There he became a popular support actor in movies like "Seven Sinners" (40), "The Invisible Woman" (40), "The Seven Year Itch" (55) and "War and Peace" (56).
In 1948 he obtained an oscar nomination for his part in "I Remember Mama".

Oscar Homolka was married four times, e.g. with actress Grete Mosheim (1905-1986) and with the daughter of the Washington Post's publisher. 

Other movies with Oscar Homolka:
Brennende Grenze (26) Das Mädchen ohne Heimat (26) Regine, die Tragödie einer Frau (27) Die heilige Lüge (27) Der Kampf des Donald Westhof (27) Petronella (27) Die Leibeigenen (28) Fürst oder Clown (27) Revolte im Erziehungshaus (29) Masken (29) Der Weg nach Rio (30) Hokuspokus (30) Dreyfus (30) 1914, die letzten Tage vor dem Weltbrand (30) Zwischen Nacht und Morgen (31) Im Geheimdienst (31) Nachtkolonne (31) Die Nächte von Port Said (32) Moral und Liebe (33) Spione am Werk (33) Unsichtbare Gegner (33) Rhodes of Africa (36) Everything Is Thunder (36) Ebb Tide (37) Comrade X (40) Ball of Fire/The Profesor and the Burlesque Queen - Die merkwürdige Zähmung der Gangsterbraut Sugarpuss/Wirbelwind der Liebe (41) Rage in Heaven (41) Mission to Moscow (43) Hostages (43) The Shop at Sly Corner/The Code of Scotland Yard - Ruf der Vergangenheit (47) Anna Lucasta (48) The White Tower - Hölle am weissen Turm (50) Der schweigende Mund (51) Top Secret/Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow - Treffpunkt Moskau (52) The House of the Arrow (53) Prisoner of War (54) A Farewell to Arms - In einem anderen Land (57) La Tempesta - Sturm im Osten (58) The Key - Der Schlüssel (58) Victory (60) Assassination Plot at Teheran (60) Mr. Sardonicus - Der unheimliche Mr. Sardonicus (61) Boys' Night Out - Sexy (62) The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm - Die wunderwelt der Brüder Grimm (62) The Long Ships - Raubzug der Wikinger (63) Danger Zone (63) Joy in the Morning (65) Funeral in Berlin - Finale in Berlin (66) Billion Dollar Brain - Das Milliarden-Dollar-Gehirn (67) The Happening - Die Meute (67) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (68) Assignment to Kill - Sein gefährlichster Auftrag (68) The Madwoman of Chaillot - Die Irre von Chaillot (69) The Executioner - Der Vollstrecker (70) Song of Norway (70) The Tamarind Seed - Die Frucht des Tropenbaums (74) One of Our Own (75).
Serie "The Philco Television Playhouse:The Man Who Bought a Town" (51) Serie "Robert Montgomery Presents: The Pink Hippopotamus" (54) Serie "Television Hour: Love Song" (54) Serie "Producers Showcase: Darkness at Noon" (55) Serie "Climax: Carnival at Midnight" (57) Serie "Dupont Theatre: Dowry for Ilona" (57) Serie "Matinee Theatre: The Master Builder" (57) Serie "Matinee Theatre: You Touched Me" (57) Serie "Kaiser Aluminium Hour: Murder in the House" (57) Serie "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Reward to Finder" (57) Serie"Playhouse 90: Heart of Darkness" (58) Serie "Playhouse 90: The Plot to Kill Stalin" (58) Serie "Five Fingers: Operation Ramrod" (59) Serie "Play of the Week: A Very Special Baby" (60) Serie "General Electric Theatre: The Ugly Duckling" (60) Serie "Play of the Week: Rashomon" (60) Serie "Playhouse 90: In the Presence of Mine Enemies" (60) Serie "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Ikon of Elijah" (60) Serie "The DuPont Show of the Month: Arrowsmith" (60) Serie "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Hero" (60) Serie "Thriller: Waxworks" (62) Serie "Theatre '62: Spellbound" (62) Serie "World of Disney: Mooncussers" (62) Serie "Ben Casey: For This Belief, Many Thanks" (63) Serie "Breaking Point: Solo for B-Flat Clarinet" (63) Serie "Burke's Law: Who Killed Jason Shaw" (64) Serie "Dupont Show of the Week: Ambassador at Large" (64) Serie "Hazel: A Lesson in Diplomacy" (64) Serie "The Rogues: Plavonia, Hail and Farewell" (64) Serie "Kojak: The Forgotten Room" (73) Serie "The Protectors: Border Line" (74) Serie "Smithsonian Institution Special: The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond" (75)